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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Aug 19, 2012 5:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Music Your Parents Listened To When You Were A Child

I think I was probably well nourished.
From my mom it started out with 78s of Goodman, Basie, Ellington, Satchmo, Four Freshmen, Beethoven, etc.

When the 45s and LPs came along it was Mancini, Shearing, more Basie, Ella, Sinatra, Tijuana Brass, Brasil 66, Baja Marimba Band, more Beethoven, Dick Hyman Trio, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Ramsey Lewis, Korla Pandit, and on and on.

My Dad got me started on Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, Everly Brothers and a few others. Plus we would always watch Ozzie & Harriet to see what Ricky would sing that week.

And, yes, (gasp!) there was Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights with Chicken Delight delivered.
And some late nights my mom would get really ripped and play Mantovani records pretty loud.

They were in their 50s and 60s when the psychedelic era started (both were at the '67 Mt. Tam Fantasy Fair and saw the Doors and the 5th Dimension) and it wasn't much of a hurdle for them like it was for some of my friends' parents.
All the kids would hang out at our house on weekends so they could listen to stuff they weren't allowed to at their homes, and even intelligently discuss the Beatles, James Brown, and the Jefferson Airplane with my mom, who years later still danced to Scarlet Begonias in her 70s before her arthritis got too severe.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 20, 2012 6:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Music Your Parents Listened To When You Were A Child

Your experience is closest to mine. My folks loved music and instilled this love in all 9 of their kids. Now that we're all in our 50s and 60s (boomers for sure) at least 7 of us play instruments, sing in choirs and one bro still plays drums in a rock band.

My dad loved the Big Band stuff the best; but during the 50s he liked Al Hirt and Herb Alpert a lot. His tastes changed and he went classical - especially the big orchestral stuff - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Beethoven and later he evolved to Mahler. My mother loved Broadway show tunes. In order to get us all to bed between 8 and 9 every evening, they put on music to quiet us down. During the week, usually classical; on weekends it was Broadway. He installed speakers in the upper floor so we could hear it. At first, my parents freaked out over rock 'n roll, but soon came to realize how mainstream the Beatles were (at first) and generally we were allowed to listen, at least until my mother mis-heard the lyrics to "happiness is a warm gun".

I was at my parents' house recently... they are now in their late 80s. Their record collection is stupendous. About 6 feet of shelf is 78s, another 12-18 feet of LPs. Precious stuff. I'm deeply grateful to my folks for passing on their love of music in all forms.

I marvel again at the diverse influences demonstrated in this thread, how it all "melds into one" that makes us all uniquely Deadheads.

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